Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant both had disappointing campaigns last year and had their seasons ended early by injuries. Kobe suffered a fractured knee, and Derrick tore his meniscus. They both were very dedicated in their recovery programs and have recently told the media that they are at 100%.
Derrick tore his ACL two years ago and underwent a rigorous offseason recovery program to come back even better than before the injury, and for the couple of games that we saw him play before he went down again, he looked to have improved his game in many areas. His jumper looked more consistent, especially from range, and his explosiveness seemed to be similar to his MVP level play.
However this season, there will be even more pressure on Rose as the Bulls look to be legitimate title contenders next year by making several key offseason moves. If the Bulls land Carmelo Anthony, then Rose would have a great supporting cast with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson assuming large roles on the roster.
Regardless of how the offseason ends up, Rose will still be held to a very high standard next season, as he says he is back to full strength already.
We may get a sneak peak of both of them in the world cup of basketball this summer, where they are both expected to participate. Some are wondering if going straight into world cup action after coming back from a serious injury is the best idea, but they both seem confident in their health and playing ability.
Kobe Bryant has stated that he is 100%, and looks to come back from only playing five games last season to potentially get his team into the playoffs. Kobe's knee injury has apparently fully recovered and he looks to rebound next year and make his inexperienced team into something resembling championship contenders.
Unfortunately, Bryant does not have as good of a supporting cast as Rose, and the Lakers are altogether unsure of what their team will look like next year. His health will be in question as his career is nearing its end and everyone is wondering if he can continue to put up great numbers as he gets older.
The Lakers missed the playoffs last season and were swept by the Spurs the year before, so there is plenty of frustration and motivation for them, but can Bryant turn the team around and bring them to the playoffs? We'll find out next season.
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